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Use Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes to brighten up a rainy day


Yesterday, we finished making cute umbrellas for our quilted wall hanging. Now we’re moving on to making raindrops, using the same technique of fusing the shapes onto the quilt top, and using fabrics from the Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes collection!


Blue raindrops fused onto a gray background. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes.
Raindrops on a gray background



For the raindrops, apply the HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets to the back of the three blue fabrics. Using the raindrop template, trace the raindrops on the fabrics. I had a total of 20 raindrops. Remember to place the templates so the drops of the fabric are vertical. Cut out the raindrops.


An assortment of fabric raindrop shapes with fusing on the back in 3 different hues of blue. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes.
Fused raindrops cut from 3 different blue fabrics from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes collection


Arrange the raindrops on the remaining 3 blocks and press.


Fabric fused raindrops, in different shades of blue, on three gray quilt blocks. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes.
Raindrops fused on gray quilt block


Arrange the blocks in a pleasing manner.

Cut eight 1½” strips from the dark gray for the sashing and the border, watching the direction of the fabric. Cut six 1½” x 8½” rectangles from the long strip. Sew on the right-hand side of the first two blocks in each row.


Quilt blocks with umbrellas on them arranged in order to sew top together. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes.
Sew the sashing onto the first two blocks in each row.


Sew the 3 blocks together in each row.  Press. Sew the sashing between the rows. When you sew the rows together, pin and then flip back to make sure the blocks and sashing line up with the next row.

Using the 1½” strips, sew borders on the top and bottom, and down the sides. Press.

If you want to put a few raindrops on your umbrella blocks, now is the time.

If you want to secure the shapes in place, do a machine applique stitch or a decorative stitch around the shapes.


Umbrellas and raindrops against a light gray background completed quilt top with dark gray sashing and borders. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes.
Blocks, sashing and borders added to the quilt top


Quilt and bind. For the quilting, I chose to simulate the rain and machine quilted vertical wavy lines with a blue thread.

This project was a real splash! Using Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabrics really brightened up my fun rainy day quilt!


Completed umbrellas and raindrops quilted wall hanging, machine quilted with wavy lines. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes.
Completed umbrellas and raindrops quilted wall hanging using Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric.



This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: How fusible applique makes fun work of the Umbrellas and Raindrops quilt

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.


  1. Dee Johnson

    So cute! I really love the little raindrops!

  2. Judy

    Wonderful article and I can hardly wait to try this.

  3. Laura S

    I love these raindrops! I think it would be super cute to combine the raindrops and the tulips from the previous quilt to make a fun quilt for spring.

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